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Match Preview: No. 17 Women's Volleyball vs. Wellesley

Match Preview: No. 17 Women's Volleyball vs. Wellesley

No. 17 Women's Volleyball vs. Wellesley
Tuesday, October 29 | 7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 7-34 all-time against Wellesley in a series that dates back to 1980.
• The Beavers have won five of their seven matches against the Blue with both losses coming in five sets.
• Babson has won its last four matches at home against Wellesley going back to 2014.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Allie Puccio hit .419 and finished with 14 kills, while senior Kristin Carosotto added 10 kills and four blocks as the Beavers defeated the Blue, 3-0 (27-25, 26-26, 25-15), in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on November 10, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Senior Elizabeth Cameron added 35 assists, nine digs and three aces for Babson, which hit .263 in the match and won the first sets by a total of four points.
• Yasmine Reece finished with 17 kills and three blocks to pace the Blue.

SCOUTING THE BLUE
• Wellesley (20-3, 9-0 NEWMAC) has won 15 consecutive matches and is coming off a 3-1 victory over MIT last Tuesday.
• Nicole Doerges hit .357 and registered 20 kills, while Lauren Gedney added 14 kills and three blocks for the Blue, which won despite recording its second lowest hitting percentage (.109) of the season.
• Gedney ranks second in the conference in kills per set (4.27) and seventh in hitting percentage (.334), Doerges is averaging 2.96 kills and 2.47 digs per set, and junior Nikki Jensen is contributing 2.22 kills and 2.70 digs per set.
• Sophomore Izzy Seebold ranks second in the NEWMAC in assists per set (10.08), while senior Meghan Shoop is averaging a team-high 3.30 digs.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 17 Babson (26-1, 7-1 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to 15 with an easy 3-0 victory over Bridgewater State on Saturday.
• Junior Gaby Miller hit .500 and recorded a season-high 14 kills, while senior Emily Woodward contributed 19 assists, six kills and five digs for the Beavers, who limited the Bears to just 14 kills.
• Puccio ranks fifth in the league in kills per set (3.55), first-year Jordan Lapins (2.53 k/s) has registered 10 or more kills in six of the last eight matches, and classmate Laura Zuloaga (2.28 k/s) leads Division III with a .444 hitting percentage.
• Cameron ranks third in the conference in assists per set (9.63), while junior Maddie Malee is contributing a team-high 3.25 digs per set.

HIGH STAKES
• Babson, which was second in the initial NCAA regional rankings, must defeat both Wellesley and Mount Holyoke to claim a share of its first NEWMAC regular season title since 2014 and the top seed in the conference tournament for the first time in program history.
• A win by the Blue, which is fourth in the NCAA regional rankings, means the Beavers will need to win at Mount Holyoke on Saturday to secure the No. 2 seed in next week's league playoffs.

CAMERON HITS MILESTONE
• Cameron, who holds the two highest single-season assist totals in school history, became the program's all-time assists leader passing Kathleen Lynch's '13 mark of 3,631 in Saturday's victory over Wentworth.
• She is also is the only player in Babson history to surpass 3,000 assists, 900 digs, 400 kills and 200 blocks. 

STREAKING BEAVERS
• The Green and White enters Tuesday's contest having won a Division IIII-best 34 straight matches inside Staake Gymnasium.
• The Beavers' 15-match winning streak is the longest in program history.
• The Green and White, which ranks fifth nationally in hitting percentage (.267), has won 59 consecutive matches when hitting at least .200.
• Babson has won its last 15 matches in the month of October.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• Ninth-year head coach Eric Neely will coach his 100th home match on Tuesday night. The Beavers are 89-10 inside Staake Gymnasium since he took over the program in 2011.

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